The winners of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) Employability Awards 2015, sponsored by Seetec, were announced yesterday at a special ceremony in London hosted by Baroness Stedman-Scott, with guest speaker, the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Minister for Employment. The award judges were Ed Cox, Director of IPPR North; Elisabeth Paulson, Investment Director, Impetus PEF; and John Michalski, Commercial Director, Department for Work and Pensions.

Blue Sky’s Founder and now Patron Mick May received a Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Serco. Mick said:

“I am extremely grateful to Serco and to Seetec for this award. It is a fitting tribute to the work of Blue Sky over the last 10 years, a relatively small social enterprise that has truly punched above its weight, having employed over 1,000 ex-offenders, a large prison’s worth. By giving ex-offenders the opportunity to work and pay tax, and by reducing re-offending and its huge cost, Blue Sky has generated significant economic and social benefit. Blue Sky has huge ambition to extend this impact and to reach more and more ex-offenders over the next 10 years. As I step down from the organisation, I truly hope it receives the funding, investment and partners it deserves to realise this ambition.”